One of the biggest events for Brownwood residents every year — the Brownwood Reunion Celebration — is less than a week away, and plans have been finalized for the ninth annual edition featuring a 1950s theme Friday through Sunday.
Covering several blocks, participants in this multifaceted event are in for much more than funnel cake as their treat next weekend. Activities range from top name musical entertainment to vintage car exhibits, to mention just a couple. Here’s a rundown of events announced by Reunion planners:
Gates to the Celebration Stages venues will open at 5 p.m. Friday. To kick off the weekend, Cody Sellers will sing the National Anthem at 7:30 p.m. on the Celebration Stage. Following, on the same stage, at 7:45 p.m., Exit 343 will perform. They are followed by Logan Sharp at 9 p.m. and then headliner Brandon Rhyder at 10:30 p.m.
Also on Friday night on the Hometown Hero Stage, located on Lee and Carnegie, Bob Brewer and Friends will perform from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday evening, the gates for Celebration Stage will open at 5 p.m. and the National Anthem will be sung by Shaun Hohertz at 7:30 p.m. At 7:45 p.m., Brenda Kay will perform, followed by Moody Crawford at 9 p.m., and Tracy Lawrence will perform at 10:30 p.m.
On Sat-urday, Seal Gymnastics will start off the day on the Carnegie Corner Stage at 11:30 a.m. followed by Seal Cheer Zone at 11:50 a.m.
At noon Saturday on the Carnegie Corner Stage, EHS Belles Dance Team will perform, followed by Amy’s Dance Team at 12:10 p.m., EHS Cheerleaders at 12:30 p.m., EMS Cheerleaders at 12:40 p.m. and Early TYFL Cheerleaders at 12:50 p.m.
Darian Philbrick will entertain beginning at 1:30 p.m. Saturday on the Carnegie Corner Stage followed by Maddie Oines at 1:40 p.m., Jordan Roberts at 1:50 p.m., Zakary Webb at 2:05 p.m., Kate Evans at 2:30 p.m. and Lizzie McCrane at 2:45 p.m.
Saturday’s events continue on the Carnegie Corner Stage with The J Experience at 3 p.m., Charis Rheanna Myers at 3:15 p.m., Trevor Farmer at 3:30 p.m., Ashleigh Farmer at 3:45 p.m., Cody Sellers at 4 p.m., Erin Anderson at 4:30 p.m., Emily Anderson at 4:45 p.m., Lindsay Skitern at 5 p.m., Bangs Pips at 5:15 p.m., Merrit Ruth at 5:30 p.m. Caroline Kirbo finishes the evening on the Carnegie Corner Stage at 5:45 p.m.
Also during the day on Saturday several performs will be features on the Hometown Hero Stage. Those performers at The Coulters at 11 a.m., The 3 BBB’s at noon, Jim LeValley at 12:30 p.m., Earl Hill Band at 1 p.m., KBK Martial Arts at 2 p.m., The Kellye James Band at 3 p.m., Bob Brewer at 4 p.m. and Avalon at 5 p.m.
From 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Centro de Adoracion Y Alabanza Church will be featured on the Center Park Stage.
On the Front Porch Stage, the Song Writers Circle will be featured from noon to 5 p.m.
On Sunday, events kick off on Celebration stage with the gates opening at noon. At 1 p.m. on the Celebration Stage, OSM will perform followed by headliner, Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88’s at 3 p.m.
Centro de Adoracion Y Alabanza Church will be featured on the Carnegie Corner Stage from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Front Porch Pickin’ will be featured on the Front Porch Stage Sunday with Dan and Ginger Shirley at noon, Brand Allen Band at 1 p.m., Bob Brewer at 2 p.m., Caden Mendez at 2:50 p.m., John Brock at 3 p.m., and Katie Townson, Tony Cox and Danny Brown at 4 p.m.
Parade events for the weekend include the Feels Like Home Grand Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, starting and finishing at the corner of Main and Baker.
The other parade for the day on Saturday is the “Honor a Hero” Children’s Parade. The parade will line up at 11:30 a.m. and will start at 11:45 a.m. at the Citizens Bank drive-through where it will also end.
On all three days of the Reunion Celebration, a magic show featuring David Hira will be Friday at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Hira will also perform Saturday at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m.; and on Sunday at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Another event being held all three days is a 1950s Classic Car Show at the Brownwood Coliseum.
Helicopter rides will also be featured throughout the weekend for $25 a ride.
Downtown Brownwood Express Train rides will be available through the Reunion with pick-up and drop-offs at Chandler and Hawkins, Chandler and Center, Center and Anderson, Center and Baker, and Center and North Broadway.
On Exhibitor Row, Art and Crafts will be featured from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Face painters will be available from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The cost to get face painted is five coupons for one eye and 10 coupons for whole face.
A Kids Zone featuring corn tubs, crafts, Tot Town and Clowns will be available throughout the weekend for two coupons.
Buck Snort Mechanical Bull Rides will be available on Friday 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 10 a.m. to noon and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Rides will be five coupons each or 10 coupons for a ride and video.
A petting zoo for the little ones will be available Friday through Sunday as well. Cost is three coupons to enter and one coupon for a feed bag.
At the Fire Training Trailer, the Brownwood Fire Department will be doing Burn Demonstrations Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m.
Also for the little ones, pony rides will be available for five coupons on Friday 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 10 a.m. to noon, Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
Laser Ops will also be available Friday through Sunday and is free to participate.
The Pride of Texas Midway carnival featuring all sorts of games and rides will be out and about Thursday 6 p.m to 10 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
The Brown County Mobile Communication Trailer will be on display Friday through Sunday.
Virtual Reunions and Live Web Cams sponsored by Brownwood Computer Innovations will be running Friday through Sunday. Those interested can send virtual postcards and connect with friends and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Cirque will also be performing with showtimes to be announced.
Several contests will be available for those who wish to participate. On Saturday the 5K Reunion Run and 1.5 Walk will start registration at 7 a.m. with the race beginning at 8 a.m. Both the start and finish will be at the Transportation Complex on the Corner of Adams and Congress.
There will also be a barbecue cook-off and the Hands on a House Contest/Food Drive which will be featured Friday through Sunday.
On Saturday at 1 p.m. there will be a Rockin' Robin Dance Contest. Also there will be a photo contest, Swamp Volleyball Tournament, and Guitar Hero and Rockband Contests.
Also featured during the Brownwood Reunion Celebration, the Martin and Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum will be open Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.
The entry fee for the museum is $2 and is free for under 5 and active duty military. The museum will also feature at 2 p.m. Sunday, a Railroaders Reunion with running model train layouts.
There will also be a Character Project Book Signing and Exhibit. The exhibit will be Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. The book signing will be on Saturday 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Some of the food to be featured this weekend is roasted corn at BG’s Corn Roasters, sausage and chicken gumbo at the Cajun Kitchen and bratwurst on a bun and turkey legs from Gunny’s Kitchen.
Also on the menu are steak sandwiches and more from Tropical Cowboy Steak, a variety of barbecue plates from Hard Eight barbecue, chicken, steak and shrimp kabobs from Ujima Unique Cuisine, burgers and all the sides from Happy Jacks, catfish and fish tacos from Perk’s and More and brisket wraps and stuffed potatoes from Trinity Chapel.
For the sweet tooth Sno Fro, Summer Snow and Tahiti Texas all will be bringing a variety of shaved ice. Junk Food Junkies have funnel cake, corn dogs and more. Poppy’s Sweets has a variety of ice cream favorites featuring banana splits and sundaes.
Adult beverages of beer and wine and a variety of tea and lemonades will also be available.
Further information is available at www.Brown